Osanna Visconti di Modrone, Nature and Art
Molding fine jewelry and decorative objects with the Milan based designer whose passion for art and beauty is reflected in her artisanal collections
OSANNA VISCONTI DI MODRONE: My father was an architect and he always collaborated with artists of his time, ‘60s and ‘70s. My parents were avid collectors of contemporary art and jewelry and being exposed to this world early on, it became my passion too.
A: You studied gemology in New York. Besides precious stones, you mostly use bronze and silver in your work. Why did you choose these materials in particular?
OVDM: Nowadays, I almost exclusively use bronze and silver because this way I can create wax molds and make a shape which is then turned into the finished product. I do use sketches as well when I am away from my studio, but in general, I prefer working directly with wax and molding with my own hands.
OVDM: The advice I gave her and that can be applied to everyone is to be courageous and to follow your inner feeling without worrying too much about the commercial aspect of your work. One should do that which feels right.
OVDM: There is one unique perforated cuff bracelet I made in bronze and silver. I was inspired by the poor art movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s and in particular by paintings by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni.
OVDM: The process is very similar, it’s like making big jewelry, the jewelry for homes. I always start from a piece of wax that I mold but in this case the forms are bigger. They are all unique pieces. Now that Madina has started designing jewelry, I have more time to dedicate to this creative endeavor since I always enjoyed decorating our family houses.
OVDM: There are no fixed rules. The most beautiful houses I’ve seen are the ones that reflect the personalty of the people living in them. Whether they are decorated in a vintage, modern, oriental, minimal style or mixed like mine, the passion and personal taste always determine the result.
OVDM: The nature. I much prefer natural environments to big cities. I like to be immersed in nature like in the countryside, by the lake or in the mountains. For me nature is the most skilled artist.
OVDM: In Rome there are so many to choose from. For example Palazzo Spada with its forced perspective, or the nearby Piazza della Quercia. Not to mention Palazzo Farnese, Galleria Borghese and Casino dell'Aurora. In Milan, I love the areas characterized by medieval art where my atelier is situated as well. Piazza Sant'Eustorgio with its beautiful cloister is also a must-see location.